As the warmer weather approaches, you might be tempted into getting a new gym membership. The second you feel the temperature go up, you start checking out the newest diet trends out there. But if there’s one thing we can count on, is dozens of new workout programs coming with it. Whether it’s the get skinny quick routine, or appetite suppressant lollipops, (gasp!) there is always the same over-marketed stuff on your news feed. And let’s face it! None of that junk works. After all, cutting corners will only lead to you losing a few pounds for a while, only to gain it all back. But what if we told you there were 7 simple exercises that would give you the ultimate full body workout?
Old School Push Ups
As new and unique workouts are on the rise, you might get tempted to try new ways to get your body to break a sweat. But sometimes, it’s better to just keep it simple. The old school pushup works out a lot of different muscles at the same time, primarily your arm, core, and your chest. There are many different types of pushups you can do, but it all comes down to using your own body weight to enhance yourself. Place your feet over a chair if you feel like leaning down and working your lower abdomen in between sessions.
If you want to work on your booty and tone, lift, and get a natural “Brazilian butt lift” without actually going under the knife, then squats should be first on your list! Squats are amazing for your glutes, hips, and hamstrings. And most people don’t know that you actually get a little core workout while doing them too. Just make sure you always keep your knees behind your ankles to keep proper form and don’t lean forward. Do several squat sessions 3 to 4 times a week to see results. Know you’ve got another reason to never skip leg day!
This is the mother of all workout movies. Lunges take squatting to a whole new level. If you want to work those quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes to Jennifer Lopez levels, the lunge is the perfect way to do so. And to take it to even harder extremes, make sure to hold a set of 2 to 3-pound dumbbells while doing a lunge. Believe us when we say you’ll definitely feel the burn! It’s also recommended to do only one leg at a time, as this will get your maximum results.
Roll Out Pike
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Clean And Jerk
This is a workout that is commonly used in CrossFit classes… which should tell you something. Eric Leija, trainer and senior kettlebell coach with the Onnit Academy in Austin, TX, explains that “Implementing this move into your strength program is essential for building full-body strength and gaining strength in the overhead position.” This explosive burst of endurance and strength does wonders for the body. Because you are lifting the bar over your head you are getting a total body workout as your body must use hundred of muscles in order to balance that bar in the location. Rachel Mariotti, an NYC-based trainer
You might feel really silly doing this next exercise, but the results that come from it are astonishing. Just make sure you get the form right first! Starting in the squatting position, performing a pushup and then bouncing back up makes a lot of muscles work at the same time. After all, there’s a reason why they call it a full body workout, right? And believe us when we say that your entire body will feel this one!
This incredible workout move is an old school favorite that tends to send fear within the hearts of anyone who likes to snoop at bodybuilders working out at the gym. But, in reality, it’s not as hard as you think! The lift itself is simple, use your whole body to bring the weighted bar up off the ground using your hands, and to about the height of your thighs. But you don’t need to force yourself to lift 100 pounds right off the bat! In fact, you can still shred your body by lifting 10-15 pounds. This workout is pretty effective when it comes to building strength because of the muscle control it takes to successfully deadlift the weight!
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